My rooster flew the coop?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CandylandRanch, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. CandylandRanch

    CandylandRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so my 10 hens and rooster will be a year old this may. They have had access to an enclosed 8 ft run without a roof this whole time. Every once in a while we let them out to have supervised free range time, anywhere from an hour to 3 maybe..

    Once a hen slipped out the front doors of the coop and my rooster immediately flew over the top of the run to watch over her. He always hands them treats first, comes running and singing when they lay their eggs.. He loves his hens to pieces.

    Every night their whole lives I go to shut their trap door to their run and they are All inside like good little kids.

    So today I saw Truvey (my rooster) outside of the run, he had flown over but I wasn't sure why. I didn't worry much about it since I know he can fly over as he pleases.. I went to the grocery store, came home, unloaded and then went to shut the coop door as it was dark. I went to count them all and my rooster was gone!?

    My husband and I got flashlights and went calling for him.

    After about 20 minutes or so I saw him not so gracefully come down from a tree above the chicken coop.. He had to be 12 feet high or more.. We kind of cornered him and my husband grabbed him, which he never lets anyone pick him up.. And then we carried him to the coop.

    The girls rejoiced at his presence, I checked him over and he looked fine..

    So why did he do this??!! What would cause him to leave and stay out after dark?

    Did he see a predator maybe and try to keep watch? I'm so confused.. I never knew how attached I was to him until he was gone!!

    I feel like I need to know why so I can help or prevent anything bad from happening..

    What's going on with my rooster?...
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2015
  2. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    He knows he can do it now and will continue to. If you want to keep him in the run you will need to cover it.
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Or clip one of his wings.
     
  4. CandylandRanch

    CandylandRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose I will clip his wings... But I am so curious as to his motivation and intention? Or is it just that he can so he did? I just thought even if he flew out he would come home to roost?
     
  5. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    His motivation is better foraging on the other side. Forbidden fruit. There isn't much to read into it.
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Chickens fly out just because they can. But, a lot of them can't quite figure out how to fly back IN !

    If you decide to clip his wings, only CLIP one. That throws his balance off.
     
  7. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, him not coming home? Either he really likes his freedom or he is dumb. LOL. Sorry.
     
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    At least he was smart enough to know to get off the ground.
     
  9. CandylandRanch

    CandylandRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well thanks everyone , I guess I gave him a little more credit lol.. So the wing clipping.. Pretty easy right? Just the last few longest feathers and not too short? I'm not gonna make him bleed am I? Maybe I should watch some YouTube videos on it lol
     
  10. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pretty easy, but I would watch a YouTube video to know which ones to clip. But I am more of a visual learner.
     

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